Saturday, 21 October 2017

DOGS

I watched you whistle and call the conversation into shape,
A player, skilled in this art,
Yet the dog went its own way
No matter how frantic your silent calls, gestures -
The real reasons for divorce,
That unsightly spell of penury,
The short stretch, long atoned
The daughter caught with white powder,
The over violent son,
Granddad’s Alzheimers
Your own struggle with depression,
Self harm, anorexia,
All the stinking places you thought you’d fenced off.
But the dog still goes there
Rolling in the mess.
Good to see your abiding faith in dog training.

Good to see we’re all still dogs.

MACKEREL

It’s a wise man who knows what is enough.
As when, with mackerel skies
We shortened sail
And, in the lee of the point,
Put over lines of feathers,
As silvery, wispy as the high mares’ tails
And, drifting on the turning tide,
Hit it lucky,
Pulling mackerel out by the dozen,
Murdering them, gutting some,
Cooking fewer,
Eating fewer still,
Giving the rest away on the dock
With a guilty look in our eyes,
And so, remembering another sail,
Another tidal place,
And a prison on that island,
In which hung a sign,
“Take all you want. Eat all you take,”
I institute this as a boat rule
And quietly,
Without hanging a sign,

As a rule for living.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

ZEN TODAY

Two words which in close proximity point to enlightenment?

Fuck

and

It.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

ZEN TODAY

Help?

Monday, 24 July 2017

Speak

Wait

Speak

Wait

ZEN TODAY

I  release you from all your obligations

Saturday, 22 July 2017

HENS

Coming round the double bend
From Holme
Just where the odd pissed driver came off the road
And where sad flowers mark a young man’s end,
Too keen on the throttle,
There is a gaggle of high heeled girls,
One in a veil
And the others in matching tee shirts,
Made up to the nines
Waiting there for transport,
With hopes of love myths coming true,
Running maybe too fast for life’s corners,

And cows looking at them over a hedge
Through a tangle of wild flowers.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

CAN'T PAY WON'T PAY

ME:  I've been referred to you about our unpaid invoice for cancellation charges.

PROCUREMENT MANAGER: Yes. It's outrageous.

ME: It isn't outrageous at all. I've had seven consultants all on standby to deliver your event and you've cancelled it within the period for which there are cancellation charges. Our proposal is quite clear on this.

PROCUREMENT MANAGER: It's an outrageous amount of money and we are getting no value from it.

ME: We stand ready to deliver the event.

PROCUREMENT MANAGER: That's irrelevant. We won't be doing the event and we won't be paying this invoice either.

ME: It's unfortunate then that I shall have to brief our lawyers.

PROCUREMENT MANAGER: ....................................................

ME: Before we end this call, can I ask you something?

PROCUREMENT MANAGER: What?

ME: Do you have a family?

PROCUREMENT MANAGER: A wife and two daughters, though I fail to see the relevance to our discussion.

ME: Here's the relevance. When you go home to your wife and two daughters this evening, I wonder if you will feel proud of this discussion?

PROCUREMENT MANAGER: No comment.

ME: Then I think you know what to do. (PUTS PHONE DOWN).

Denoument - a few days later, a cheque arrives.

ZEN TODAY

Deceit and fear
Or truth and freedom?

Saturday, 3 June 2017

SWIM

If you feel your soul is drowning
Swim on
To the imagined shore
And the tide will carry,
As it takes all things truly desired,
Purely desired.

And it cannot be turned.

But if you will not dream
Of the paradisaical haven,
Bring it to mind now,
Dream it now,
Live it now,
Then you cannot be saved,
Though you swim on for ever
Against the soul's own tide.

Friday, 2 June 2017

ZEN TODAY

Tantrums

Or tantra?

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

ZEN TODAY

Are there many measures of success?

Or only happiness?